The laboratory supervisor must ensure that all
applicable safety equipment is on hand when testing or other
laboratory functions are being performed. This equipment should
be readily available and should function properly.
importantly, the technicians must be thoroughly trained to
Refer to the lesson on safety for specifics on
a. Ensure that hazardous materials and hazardous waste are
stored according to the unit and installation SOP.
use and control of these materials is necessary to protect the
Environmental pollutants are hazardous wastes and
The established Army policy for the management of
tank systems used to store POL and hazardous materials in an
environmentally safe manner must be strictly followed. AR 200-1,
Chapter 5, outlines the policy for tank systems used to store
Those requirements are in addition to
compliance with Federal regulations at 40 CFR Part 280 and with
applicable state and local regulations. Many jurisdictions have
more stringent tank requirements than Federal standards.
The petroleum laboratory NCO along with installation
and unit support further establish local procedures and
responsibilities to reduce:
Storage and handling requirements
The possibility of release
Damage if a release occurs
On some installations, laboratory personnel may work with
environment protecting agency personnel to maintain an accurate
inventory of all tank systems. Damaged, leaking, or improperly
functioning tank systems or pollution prevention devices will be
removed from service, reported to the on-scene coordinator, and
Complete the repair or replacement and verify the
integrity and operation of the system before returning it to
State or local regulation often contains more
stringent reporting and response requirements.
storage tanks will also be regularly sampled and analyzed. The
petroleum laboratory stewardship measures extend outside the
environmental stewardship program.
The laboratory may be
involved in evaluating the need for replacement or new tank
systems using total life cycle cost analysis.